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  1. Repentance means a change of mind and heart toward God concerning sin. When a person realizes that he is a sinner, repents of his sin, it is not a work.. repentance of sin is not a work. A person who loves sin will not trust in Jesus. Only those who realize their sinfulness and its condemnation, and need for deliverance would trust in Jesus as Savior. Jesus said, I did not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance (Mark 2: 17) . There is no physical effort or physical action involved in repentance, but it involves his intellect (knowledge of sin, God holiness, and judgment), emotion (feeling sorry) and will ( a decision, a change of mind, act of the will) that is not a work but that is a decision in the mind and heart of man.. not a physical effort or work..
  2. My question is you said that repentance of sin is a physical work, so do you believe that the sinner must repent of sin and believe to be saved, or you believe that it does not involve repentance of sin to be saved? Do you believe that salvation is by works or by grace? IS REPENTANCE OF SIN A WORK THAT YOU MUST STRIVE FOR? Thursday, May 14, 2020 According to some modern preachers, that repentance of sin is a work that you must strive for, that in order to repent you must be able to quit sinning and that if you still sin, then you have not yet repented of your sin. This thinking led them to the idea that to be saved, there is no repentance of sin required but that repentance is just a change of mind from unbelief to belief. These are the modern preachers who would try to classify man’s repentance into two kinds such as a) Repentance b) Repentance of sin as work. However, there is an inconsistency in their statements because when you ask them, “Is unbelief sin?” they cannot deny the fact that it is sin. Then that would destroy their classification of repentance which they say that repentance is a change of mind from unbelief to belief in Christ and yet they would still admit that it is sin. Thus they are contradicting their own statement and classification of man’s repentance into two kinds such as 1) repentance (not of sin) 2) repentance from sin. I asked several people who hold that kind of belief, “Is unbelief sin?” Their answer is “Yes”, “Of course”. They cannot deny the fact that unbelief is sin because if they would deny that unbelief is sin, then they would contradict the Scriptures (Revelation 21:8; Romans 14:23; Heb.3:12). So far those who hold to such heresy have not yet denied that unbelief is sin. Thus they lie when they said that to be saved you do not repent of sin, yet they admit that unbelief is sin, and so they repent of the sin of unbelief to be saved. Where did they get the idea that repentance of sin is a work? The Bible is clear that repentance is of God’s grace and not a work (2 Tim.2:25; Acts 11:18; 5:31). I have search on the history and confessions of faith of Baptists, including Charles Spurgeon, and they all believed repentance is a change of mind and heart concerning sin. Although some of them are Calvinists Baptists, yet both Calvinists and non-Calvinist Baptists hold to the same principle that repentance is a change of mind and heart about sin and turning to God for salvation. THE LONDON BAPTIST CONFESSION OF FAITH 1689 states: REPENTANCE UNTO LIFE AND SALVATION “This saving repentance is an evangelical grace, whereby a person, being by the Holy Spirit made sensible of the manifold evils of his sin, doth by faith in Christ, humble himself for it with godly sorrow, detestation of it, and self-abhorrency, praying for pardon and strength of grace, with a purpose and endeavor, by supplies of the Spirit, to walk before God unto all well-pleasing in all things (Zech 12:10; Acts 11:18; Ezek.36:31; 2 Cor.7:11; Psa. 119:6,128).” NEW HAMPSHIRE CONFESSION OF FAITH 1833 We believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest and King, and relying on him alone as the only and all-sufficient Saviour Mark 1:15, Acts 11:18, Eph. 2:8, I John 5:1, John 16:8, Acts 2:37-38, Acts 16:30-31 Luke 18:13, Luke 15:18-21, James 4:7-10, II Cor. 7:11, Romans 10:12-13, Ps.51, Rom. 10:9-11, Acts 3:22-23, Heb. 4:14, Ps.2:6, Heb. 1:8, Heb. 7:25, II Tim. 1:12 The New Hampshire Confession of Faith has been held by many Baptists, Missionary Baptists and Independent Baptists. It states that “being deeply convince our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ….” Where did the idea that “repentance of sin is a work” come from? It is a result of misinterpretation of Jonah 3: 10. The verse says: And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not. (Jonah 3:10 KJV) According to those who hold that repentance of sin is a work, that the passage is saying that when God saw their work, that such work is the repentance of sins. The word “that” in the passage is in the Hebrew “ki” and the same word “that” is also translated in other passages as “because” such as in Genesis 26:20: And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac's herdmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him. (Genesis 26:20 KJV) Notice that the verse does not mean that the calling of the well Esek is not the strife. Neither did they call the well Esek in order to strive with him. Rather, they called the name of the well Esek because they strove with him. In the same way, Jonah 3:10 does not say that repentance of sin is a work, nor the work is said to be the repentance of sin. The founder and propagator of this heresy did a private interpretation even though there are no parallel or supporting passages that clearly state that repentance of sin is a work. Followers of this heresy are confused to the point of contradicting their own statements. One proponent said that repentance of sin is a work so he admitted that he has never repented of his sins in all his Christian life because he cannot quit sinning while in this life. This is due to his understanding that repentance of sin is to quit sinning. Another proponent stated, “Repenting of your sin is a daily thing, salvation is not a daily thing. Salvation is a one time thing”. Both proponents have contradicting statements. If repentance of sin is a work for the Christian, then he or she cannot easily do the work of repentance until he quits sinning, and so how could it be a daily thing? Thus they contradict themselves and their own statements. The false belief is that repentance of sin is a work that you have to strive for. The truth is that repentance or repentance of sin is not a work. One cannot do daily repentance if it is a work that you have to fulfill before it can be called repentance. Their proposition is that when a saved person committed sin, and then realized it, felt sorry of his sin, and changed his mind, they said that it cannot be called repentance of sin until he has done some effort and works. Say for example, if a man who is already a Christian committed sins by stealing money from his friends, and he realized that he sinned against God, changed his mind, and asked God’s forgiveness; proponents of that heresy believed that that cannot be called repentance of sins until such time that he has worked to return all the money to his friends. That is why if that man cannot return all the money in one day, then he has not repented that day since he has not completed all the works. Such doctrine is indeed strange and unbiblical. What does the Bible teach? When a saved person commits sin, he loses fellowship with God and is under God’s discipline. When David sinned, he lost the joy of salvation, but not the salvation (Psalm51:12). Hebrews 12: 6 teaches us that the believer will be chastened by God. The parallel passage is Revelation 3: 19 which states: As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. (Revelation 3:19 KJV) For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. (Hebrews 12:6 KJV) Take note of the passages above. This is related passages because it is speaking of God’s chastisement and it has reference to those who are God’s children already. God commands his children to repent when they sin or else they will be chastened by Him. If it is impossible for the believer to repent of his sins, then how will his fellowship with God be restored. The saved person is commanded to confess his sins and God is faithful to forgive him from all his sins. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 KJV) Confession involves repentance. If a person confesses his sins without repentance then there is no sincerity to it. David said in Psalm 38:18. “For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.”. Repentance or repentance of sin is not a work that you have to strive for. If you as a believer has sinned against God, and you immediately confess your sins, with a repentant heart, the Lord will immediately forgive you as he promised in 1 John 1: 9, “He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. Work is not repentance nor it is the repentance of sin. Rather work is the result or fruit of repentance. It is the result of salvation. Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: (Matthew 3:8 KJV) Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. (Matthew 12:33-35 KJV) Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. (James 2:18 KJV) Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:9-10 KJV) When a Christian is striving against sin, that is not repentance of sin. That is obedience and discipline. When a Christian failed to obey God, or when he disobeys God, then he sinned. When he realized his sin and felt sorry and repents, that is the repentance of sin. After the Christian asked forgiveness from God of his sins, then God forgives him of all his sins (1 John 1:9). After he is forgiven, then he is cleansed and is in right fellowship with God. His effort not to sin, can be called discipline of the body, but it is not called “repentance of sin”. However when he sinned against God, and repents of it, then that is repentance of sin. You cannot call it repentance of sin after he is cleanse and he has not committed sin yet. You cannot call it repentance of sin prior to committing sin. If he has repented of his sin already in the previous, then God does not charge us of them after he has confessed them to the Lord. Repentance of sins should not be confused with good works. Good works is not repentance of sin. Rather good works is the result of repentance and faith (James 2:18). In Matthew 21:29, the eldest son repented first before he went to work. He did not work to repent. Repentance and faith are requisite to salvation. God commands all men to repent (Acts 17:30). Repent of what? Repent of sin, wickedness, evil, transgressions… (Acts 8:22; Ezek.18:30; 33:11; Isaiah 55:7). Even when a person is already saved, child of God, yet he is commanded to repent of his sin when he sinned against God (Rev.3:19). But when he is already saved, child of God, then the repentance of sin is not for salvation but for restoration of fellowship with God (Rev.3:19). When the believer repents and confess his sins to the Lord, it does not mean that he does not have to exercise faith again. However the faith that he has to exercise is not to receive Jesus, but to trust Christ in his daily Christian walk (Gal.3:16). Saving faith is what we exercised to receive Christ for our salvation (Eph. 2:8-9). Faith in our daily Christian walk is not saving faith or trusting in Jesus as Savior, but rather trusting in Jesus in our daily Christian walk. (Gal.3:11). When a child of God sinned, that means he doubted God and disobeyed Him. Or when he doubts God that means he sinned. Romans 14:23 states that whatsoever is not of faith is sin: And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. (Romans 14:23 KJV) When the believer is in a state of doubt, it does not mean that he loses his salvation because he already received Christ by faith and the Lord promised that He will never leave him. Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5 KJV) However, the believer in a state of doubt is not in right fellowship with God. Romans 14:23 states, “And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin”. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. (James 1:6-8 KJV) Thus the man who doubted has sinned, and must confess his sin daily to walk in fellowship with God since sins cannot be avoided daily. When he doubts, confess his sins (repents of sins) then he must exercise faith again, not for salvation but for obedience and submission to God. An example of this is in Acts 4:29-31. And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:29-31 KJV) They were threatened, and were overcome by fear. They were afraid to speak of the Lord to share His words. So they prayed and believed God. James said that a doubful man receives nothing, so that means when they prayed they exercised faith. After they prayed, the were filled with the Holy Ghost and they spake the word of God with boldness. Confessions of sins, repenting of sins, is the mark of the Christian. Both confessions and trusting in Jesus from day to day is a daily task that the believer must do every time he fails God. Pride comes unnoticed and pride is sin. Repentance of sin is not a work, or else no one can do that in a regular basis if it involves conditions of good works that must be done first.
  3. WHY REPENTANCE OF SIN IS NOT A WORK Salvation is not of works, Titus 3:5; 2 Timothy 1:9; Eph. 2:8-9, Romans 11:6. Salvation is by grace through faith, thus it cannot be mix with works, Eph.2:8, Rom.11:6. Grace and works cannot go together, Rom.11:6, Rom.4:4 Grace is harmonious with faith, but not with works, Eph.2:8-9, Titus 3:5 Repentance and faith are requisites to salvation, Mark 1:15; Acts 20:21; Heb.6:1 Repentance and faith are commands of the gospel, Mark 1:15; Acts 20:21; Heb.6:1 Obedience to the commands of the gospel is not work, 2 Thes.1:8; Acts 16:30 The word "do" in Acts 16:30 and "obey" in 2 Thes.1:8 does not imply work but a decision in the mind & heart. There is no physical action and effort in obeying repentance and faith, it is a decision in the heart and mind and soul. Both the thieves on the cross at first mocked at Jesus (Mat.27:44) , and then later the other one repented (changed his mind) and believed on Jesus, and he did not make any physical effort nor come down from the cross and do some works. (Luke 23:39-43). When Jesus preached repentance, it is a requirement for salvation from hell, not a warning for some physical dangers, Luke 13:3,5; Mark 1:15. When Jesus preached repentance, it is repentance of sin. He did not call the righteous but sinners to repentance, Mark 2: 17. Repentance and faith are mentioned in Heb.6:1, and they are foundational truths before baptism. Repentance from dead works is repentance from sin, because dead works are sins. The prodigal son repented of his sins prior to his works of going home and asking apology to his father. He admitted that he sinned and was unworthy. He did not work to repent but proved he repented by his works. Luke 15:17-19. The first son repented before he went to work in the field. He did not work to repent. ( Matthew 21:28-29). In Jonah 3:10, the work is the fruit of repentance. They did not work to repent, rather they worked because they repented. "God saw their works that they turned from their evil way". The Hebrew word of that is "ki" and that mean also as "because". And example of this is Genesis 26:20 where the Hebrew word "ki" is translated as because. "He called the name of the well Esek BECAUSE they strove with him". It does not mean that he called the well Esek in order for them to strive with him. In the same way, the people of Nineveh did not work to repent, rather they work because they repented. It does not say that work is repentance or repentance is a work. Repentance and faith are man's sacred duties toward God through grace. (Acts 11:18; 18:27; 5:31; 2 Tim. 2:25). Repentance and faith come through conviction of the Holy Spirit and hearing of God's word. (John 16:8; Rom.10:17). "Forsake his way... thoughts" mentioned in Isaiah 55:7 does not mean work or physical effort but rather a decision in the mind and heart to forsake his way and thoughts. The word "repent" means "to turn, return". From the Greek word "Metanoia" repentance means "a change of mind". It is not a work. "Turning from his way" mentioned in Ezek.33:11 does not imply work. It is a change of mind and direction. It is a decision in the mind and heart to turn from sin.
  4. Why do you think that I do believe the same as them when I do not categorize "repent of sin" as a work whereas he repeatedly emphasize repentance of sin as a work. Secondly, in my evangelism outline I include repentance which I do explain as repentance of sin. Thirdly, I do not practice that repeat after me prayer phrase by phrase. Now why do you think it is the same? Of course there are basic in the gospel presentation that are the same for the believers of salvation by grace. Can't you identify the difference?
  5. A follow up on Question 3. You stated that repent that "repent is an action word" Question No. 5 is: What kind of action do you mean, an act of the will in the soul of man, or a physical action that requires effort?
  6. Therefore there must be a change of mind first concerning sin, from loving sin to hating it, that is repentance toward God before he exercises faith toward our Lord Jesus.
  7. On question number 1. the main question is, will a person who loves sin and does not want deliverance, trust in Jesus as Savior?
  8. Based upon your statement. We sin daily, and that is true. Why do we sin daily? It is because man by nature love sin. My first question to you is, Will a person who loves sin trust in Jesus as Savior? Question 2. In your statement that you repent of your sins daily, do you mean as a saved person? Question 3. Does repentance which is mentioned by Paul (Acts 20:21) and Christ (Mark 1:15) refer to repentance of sin or not? In your question, What sins, all sins, or the sin we were born with, the sin of Adam's sin of disobedience? My answer to this is, found in 1 John 5:17 "All unrighteousness is sin". Even if you have committed 1,000,000 sins or exceeds that number, that is all called as sin, sin is sin and you don't have to make classification and enumerate them. When you admit to the Lord that you have sinned, that is transgression, doing your own way or rebellion against God. It is a question if you repent of sin (doing your way, or rebellion or transgression) or not. James 2:10 tells us that if you break one law, you break all. So it does not matter how many but when you repent of sin, that means you repent of your own sinful way. Isaiah 55:7 states, "let the wicked forsake his way...". Question 4. Do you affirm that repentance is a work? Where is your verse?
  9. The difference is that they do not believe in repentance of sin. They believe that repentance of sin is a work. That is the difference. Their doctrine is contradicting their practice because they still present about sin and consequence yet they teach that there is no repentance of sin. They do not use Luke 13: 5 and emphasize on repentance. There are hidden erroneous doctrine on what they believe. It is true that our salvation is by faith in Christ but faith without repentance is not real faith but is just intellectual belief. Here is my question to you: Will a person who loves sin trust in Jesus as Savior?
  10. Here is my position concerning evangelism and the work of the Holy Spirit. A person can have all the complete details and talks so many things about God, and he can even spend more than an hour speaking about the word of God, and yet the result would not be effective, and another evangelist would share just 15 minutes and the sinner repented and believed on the Lord Jesus. So success in evangelism is not depending on the time spent, the techniques of man, the ability of the speaker, the many topics of the Bible we share, but it matters in the work of the Holy Spirit, as the saying goes, success in witnessing is simply sharing Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results to God. If the person i approached just have about 5 or 15 minutes, and I asked him to share the gospel for just a few minutes, so I could just share a few verses and could not go to very many details and verses but just about 3 or 4 verses, we cannot under estimate the work of the Holy Spirit that that person will understand. Sometimes there is not so much time to bring up so many verses, and yet if the Spirit has been working in that person, and perhaps he already heard from others about God's word, with just a short time I would share with just romans 3: 23, 6:23, john 3: 16 and Ephesians 2:8-9, and i believe God can use those Scriptures, even with just one verse. Some witnessing materials do not mention about hell, and they would just emphasize separation with God, yet I do not say that they cannot be used by God to bring conversion to someone. Still there are people who got saved for that. If indeed repentance of sin is not necessary to believe, then why do they have to mention about sin and punishment, that they are not deserving to save themselves. There seems to be a contradiction to what they preach and what they believe. Another deception in that video is that he is emphasizing repentance of sin as a work, not too clear but in a deceptive manner, because he wants to inject that repentance of sin is a work and effort of man, instead of grace and decision. It brings confusion to the work of the Holy Spirit. And he believes that a person would trust in Jesus without repentance of sin, that is just intellectual faith. Somehow if there are people who would believe and trust in Jesus, because even if the preacher did not mention to the contact that he needs to repent of sin, yet when he emphasizes sin and that man cannot save himself, the Holy Spirit can use that facts to bring a person to repentance and realized himself as sinner. Many people would just fall into intellectual belief or historical faith or mere belief but not real faith or trust in Jesus as Savior. A lot of people would follow the sinners' prayer and repeat after me, but they really do not mean it. I do not say that there are no people who would be saved in that way yet there will be so many professing Christians also, who would just professed to be believers yet continue in their sinful way and they are not truly saved. A good witnessing material would include: A good approach starts with God's love and plan, John 3:16, 10:10 Sin Romans 3:23 Consequence of sin, Romans 6:23 Spiritual separation Eph 2:1 Eternal separation , Revelation 21:8 Emphasis of man's righteous works as filthy rags, Isa. 64:6 No one is righteous, Romans 3:10 Man cannot reach God by his efforts God's love and provision, Romans 5: 8 Christ death burial and resurrection, 1 Cor. 15:3-4 Christ the only way John 14:6 Receiving Christ by faith John 1:12, Eph. 2:8-9 Faith involves repentance, Luke 13:3 Salvation is God's gift, not of works, Eph 2:8-9, Rom.11:6 Receive Christ right now, 2 Cor. 6:2 Believe in Jesus , John 6:47 Witnessing methods that can be categorize as social gospel ... do not emphasize sin, consequence, and hell do not mention repentance. The practice of that man in the video is just like easy believism and repeat after me prayer, with a mixture of deceptive doctrine that repentance of sin is a work. Somehow the ideal time to share the gospel is about 30 minutes to 45 minutes but if the person is so interested, it is ok to have one hour.. it matters also in the interest of the person.. we just need to be sensitive to the leading of the Spirit as opportunity is given us, and the person is so interested to hear.
  11. Repentance from the Greek word "Metanoia" it means a change of mind. Look here how Anderson would pervert the scriptures is that first he would argue that when God changed his mind, he did not change His mind about sin because He has no sin. When speaking of sinners for salvation, he disqualified the meaning of repentance as a change of mind and heart concerning sin because of the reasoning that God did not sin, yet he qualified the reasoning that repentance is a change of mind from unbelief to belief in Christ, but his argument that goes against him also because God did not change his mind from unbelief to belief. Thus his argument is not valid because God is not an unbeliever and He has no one to believe to. If we look at Jonah 3:10, we can see the parallel. And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not. (Jonah 3:10 KJV) WHEN SPEAKING OF .... | REPENTANCE MEANS .... A. GOD | He changed his mind from executing the evil (of punishment) B. MAN (SINNER) | he changed his mind from sin, evil way, to God. C. MAN (SINNER) | he changed his mind from unbelief to belief. Notice how Anderson is perverting the Scriptures. He uses Jonah 3: 10 to disprove that repentance of sin is unbiblical because God did not repent of sin, and yet God did not also change his mind from unbelief to belief, then why did he insert his definition that the meaning of repentance cannot be repentance from sin, but his definition would qualify when the passage does not even state that the people of Nineveh just changed their mind from unbelief to belief, and he wants to do away with sin. By nature all men loves sin and hates the truth, God, John 3:19-20. How could a person who loves sin, and does not seek deliverance need a Savior, and trust the Savior? There must be a change of mind and heart first with regards to sin, Psalm 119:113. The work of the Holy Spirit is to convict men of sin. John 16:8. I have discussed with some followers of Anderson, and they want to do away with the conviction of the Holy Spirit. My question to them is: When does the Holy Spirit convict sinners of sin, was it before repentance or after salvation? They could not answer this question, and when asked about the sequence such as Conviction of the Spirit & the word, repentance and faith, they remove the conviction of the Spirit in their sequence because they would say that repentance is not about sin. We know that salvation is by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). When the Bible speaks of "believe" in John 6:47, 3:16, and "faith" in Ephesians 2:8, it does not mean that hearing is not necessary (Romans 10:14,17; John 5:24) and that it does not include repentance. Anderson and his followers would use that verses in John just because they see the word "believe" and hearing and repentance is not mentioned that they are not needed in salvation or when they see the passages they think repentance is not included in it, or they would tell their hearers that it is not really important. They are misleading so many people by their wrong interpretation. When we read John 3: 16, Eph 2:8-9, though hearing and repentance is not mentioned yet we know that they are already implied in the passages. Because one cannot truly believe or trust in Jesus without repentance of sins. So when we are asked, How are you saved? You don't answer just by faith, rather it would be more biblical to say, I am saved by grace through faith. Because our faith is not our savior! We are saved by God's grace, that is through the blood of Jesus. Hebrews 9:22 states that without shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins. Faith is God's condition for us to receive God's salvation. God's grace means unmerited favor, nobody deserves to be saved. No one is deserving. Why because we are all sinners, and all have come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Our salvation depends on God's mercy. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; (Titus 3:5 KJV) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13 KJV) And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. (Luke 18:13 KJV) Why did the Publican cried for God's mercy? It is understood that under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, he realized that he is a sinner. He saw himself as a sinner and that his way of life has been displeasing to a Holy God. He felt guilty and being burdened by sin, he wants to be liberated from sin, he wants deliverance and he smote his breast and cried, "God be merciful to me a sinner". As a sinner, he had been loving sin, and enjoying its pleasure but under the reproofs of the Holy Spirit and the word, he was convicted that sin is displeasing to God and brings eternal punishment, and so he changed his mind and heart from loving sin to hating it, being sorry of it, to trusting in God for deliverance. The idea of those who believe that repentance is not about sin, is that a person who is in love with sin and its pleasure would just believe in Jesus without a change of mind concerning sin. The question is, how can a person who loves sin trust in God as Savior? If a father who is out of town has a 6 year old child, and that child broke the window glass in their house while playing a ball, and he did not realize that what he did was wrong, would he need the help of his big brother to fix the window glass? NO. He might continue to play with his ball and break another window glass. The big brother will have to say to the boy first, Dad will be very angry when he comes back if he finds out what the wrong you did. When the boy is convince that what he did is wrong then he would say, big brother, please help me, I trust you. The point of the illustration is that the sinner will not trust in Jesus unless they are convicted that they are sinners, and that they changed their mind about their sin. The work of the Holy Spirit is to make us see how sinful we are in the eyes of God, and that no one is deserving. We cannot demand from God that He will save us because we have faith. God wants sinners to see that they are not deserving, and that all men deserves hell because all are sinners. If a person has confidence that he can be saved without realizing his sins, then he is thinking that God is not displeased with his sin. If he does not repent with regard to sin, then he is a proud believer not humbling before God that he is undeserving. Jesus said: When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Mark 2:17 KJV) Who would need a physician? Those who realized that they are sick, and they do not want to continue being sick rather they want to be cured. If a person wants to remain sick, he would not need a physician. If a person does not realize that he is sick, he would not need a physician. So sinners who don't realize that they are sinners, do not need a Savior. Sinners who loves to sin does not want deliverance. Self-righteous people do not need a Savior. Those who believe that repentance has nothing to do with sin are self righteous people and that they think God does not command them to repent of sins, but just to believe. Actually there is a problem with Anderson's definition of repentance because he would say that it is a change of mind from unbelief to belief in Christ. If you ask them, when a sinner repents, has he already believe in Christ based on their definition that it includes belief in Christ? They would say, no. If repentance includes already belief in Christ, then why did Paul specify the distinction of repentance and faith in Acts 20:21? Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 20:21 KJV) There is a distinction that repentance is toward God, and faith is toward our Lord Jesus Christ. Thus it is right to define repentance as a change of mind and heart toward God concerning sin. If you would remove the phrase of "belief in Christ" in their definition of repentance which is a change of mind from unbelief to belief in Christ and transfer it to the phrase, "faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ" then repentance will be empty like this.. a change of mind from unbelief to _________. And since they will also admit that unbelief is sin so they have to remove "unbelief" from their definition because it is a sin, and they do not like to repent of sin, so what would be left? A change of mind from ________ to ________. Empty and meaningless. If they argue that repentance includes faith in Christ already then there is no need for Paul to stress distinctively, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. Thus, Anderson and his followers are teaching lies and they accused those who preach the true gospel as teaching as heresy and they want to make biblical what is heretical. Isaiah is right concerning those preachers or prophets who perverts the truth. Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20 KJV)
  12. According to the Teaching of Steven Anderson that God does not command the unsaved people to repent of their sins, but that they are just commanded to repent, but not to repent of their sins because repentance of sins is for the saved only. This teaching of Anderson contradicts again with Isaiah 55:7 because the command to forsake his way and unrighteous thoughts were given to the the wicked and not to the saved. How would the followers of Anderson try to reason out with the verse in Isaiah 55: 7. First, they would say that the wicked are backsliders, but their reasoning cannot be acceptable because true believers cannot be called wicked and unrighteous. Secondly, they would say, the way and thoughts here that the wicked must forsake is only the thought of unbelief. But the question is, why is it plural. If you ask them, is unbelief sin? They cannot deny that fact and still they would admit that unbelief is sin. So they are lying when they say that to be saved you don't repent of sin and yet they would admit that the sinner has to repent of the sin of unbelief and that is still sin. So they deceive people with lies. Third, they would reason out that God is not speaking of spiritual salvation but the forsaking here concerns only salvation from physical dangers, not hell. However, their excuse is not acceptable because Isaiah 55: 7 was speaking of God's mercy and forgiveness. Is there a person whom God bestow mercy and forgiveness and he received it yet he is not saved??? So when Anderson and his followers would teach that repentance of sin is not required in the Bible for salvation, they are speaking lies because the God commands it, "Let the wicked forsake his way, the unrighteous man his thoughts..." (Isaiah 55:7). The point is that God wants the wicked to repent of their sins. I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle. (Jeremiah 8:6 KJV) I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings. (Jeremiah 23:21-22 KJV) I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah. (Jeremiah 23:14 KJV) These modern day preachers are like those false prophets who teach that there is no need to repent of sin to be saved. The teaching that there is no need to repent of sin to be saved had been practice also by false prophets in the time of Jeremiah: For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, saith the LORD. Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery ways in the darkness: they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation, saith the LORD. And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err. I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah. (Jeremiah 23:11-14 KJV) Likewise, thou son of man, set thy face against the daughters of thy people, which prophesy out of their own heart; and prophesy thou against them, (Ezekiel 13:17 KJV) Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life: (Ezekiel 13:22 KJV)
  13. On Jonah 3: 10 Anderson has misled and influenced so many Baptist preachers by his wrong interpretation of Jonah 3:10. If you ask him, where can you find that repent of your sin is a work? Anderson and his followers will point you to Jonah 3: 10. Does Jonah 3: 10 teach that repent of your sins is a work? And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not. (Jonah 3:10 KJV) According to Anderson and his followers, that God saw their works, and so they interpreted it to mean that the verse is teaching that repentance of sin is a work. If you would ask them, if a man has to work to be able to repent of their sins? What would they say? I have known people who are followers of Anderson and they would answer yes. Since they believe that you have to work first to be able to repent of your sins. In Matthew 21:29 it states: He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. (Matthew 21:29 KJV) This man repented first before he went to work. Thus the work is not repentance but it is the result of repentance. In Jonah 3:10 the statement, "And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way", the word "that" in Hebrew is "ki" and can be interpreted as "for, that or because". In Genesis 26:20, the Hebrew word "ki" was translated as "because". And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac's herdmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him. (Genesis 26:20 KJV) LET US PUT THEM IN PARALLEL: (Don't focus on the persons but the English grammar and the use of past tense and similarity of the sentence). JONAH 3: 10 | GENESIS 26:20 God saw their works | ...he called the name of the well Esek that (hebrew word "ki") | because (Hebrew word "ki") they turned from their evil way | they strove with him In Genesis 26:20 they did not call the well Esek in order to strive with him. Rather they strove with him that is why he call the name of the well Esek. In the same way, in Jonah 3:10: They did not do good works in order to repent of their sins. Rather they repented of their sins that is why they did good works. The good works are the result of the repentance of their sins. Just like in Matthew 21:29, he went to work because he repented. So the people of Nineveh did produce a work because they repented. So the interpretation of Anderson resulted to more conflicts of their own teachings and the Bible. Whenever you would show them verses about repentance of sin, they would say those verses are about physical salvation such as Isaiah 55:7, Ezekiel 18:30 and 33:11. They have to twist a lot of passages to make them fit to their new doctrine.
  14. I heard a video of Anderson that repent of your sins is not in the Bible, and also this is what his followers are saying. We have friends who stand by his position and this is what they are saying also that repent of your sins is not in the Bible. So perhaps he does not understand what sin is, and it is mentioned in the Bible as transgression. Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. (Ezekiel 18:30 KJV) So there it is and that is repent of your sins.. but they say that it is not in the bible so they are lying when they say that repent of your sins is not in the Bible. The position of Anderson is that repent of your sins is only for the saved people. But when a person is not saved, then he does not repent of his sins, he just repent from unbelief to belief in Christ. My question Is unbelief sin?? So another lies when they say that you don't repent of your sin and yet they admit that unbelief is sin. So that is still repent of sin. They are very inconsistent with what they teach. LOL
  15. Steven Anderson and Roger Jeminez teach that repentance of sins is not in the Bible and that God does not require sinners to be saved. They teach that repentance of sin is a work and that only the saved ones are to repent of sins. All followers of Steven Anderson are teaching that repentance of sins cannot found in the Bible. Are they lying or just being ignorant of the Scriptures? Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. (Ezekiel 18:30 KJV) The followers of Anderson are saying that this verse has nothing to do with salvation, and they would reason out that this is just physical salvation from danger and physical sufferings. How can we prove to them that this verse has something to do with salvation that if they will repent of sins and turn to God they will repent.

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